A Nigerian footballer has passed away in a fatal road accident very close to his destination.
Fresh from the controversy over the sacking of its coach, Plateau United Football Club of Jos on Sunday, lost one of its most resourceful players, Soboye Shehu in an auto crash.
Shehu, a mid-fielder with the club died in an auto crash along Kaduna Jos road, a week to his wedding.
Shehu joined the tin city club after stints with El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Media Officer of the club, Mr. Albert Dakup, who confirmed the incident, said that Shehu died less than three kilometers to his final destination.
Dakup said, “He was preparing for his wedding which was to have been held this Saturday.”
He described Shehu’s death as a big loss to the football family.
Soboye Shehu and his fiancee
Futhermore, Albert Dakup told Goal that Shehu was excused from Sunday’s game against Kano Pillars to go and prepare for his now aborted wedding ceremony and decided to leave for Kaduna on Sunday morning to meet with his parents about preparation for his day of joy only to be informed that he was involved in a ghastly car accident where he died instantly.
Pius Hemwan, the club’s acting general manager, told Goal: “I got the sad news of Shehu’s death with shock and disbelief. He was such a nice, very hard working and dedicated player who contributed immensely to the team’s promotion to the premier league last season. He would be missed by Plateau United players and officials and we pray that Allah grant him eternal rest.”
Henwan while commiserating with the family of the deceased urged them to take his death as an act of God and assured that the club would participate fully in his burial rites.